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Jun 22, 2009 07:57 AM

Foodie traveling alone, want best possible experience...

Hello...I don't get to the city as much as I would like, but am coming in this Thursday and want a place to eat dinner. I will be alone and don't mind eating alone, but prefer a place accepting of that and probably with a comfortable bar with a full menu.

I want your opinions about simply the most quality experience you think I can have. Budget is not an issue, nor is location. I like tasting menus but it's not a requirement. I trend more toward Italian/Mediterranean tastes, not so much French (which I know takes many out of the running); but I am interested in hearing French recommendations. Last time I did Babbo, which was great, so you don't need to recommend that. :)

Thanks so much!!!

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  1. I highly recommend Allegretti, one of our favorite restaurants. The superb cuisine is French, but it is Proven├žal-style, which means lots of Mediterranean flavors. Semi-upscale/casual. Cordial staff. Professional service. We've never sat at the bar, but I believe the menu is served there.

    Aldea recently opened, and serves Portuguese-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. I have not been yet, but all the reviews I've read so far have indicated that the food is stellar. Not surprising because the chef/owner was previously the chef de cuisine at Tocqueville, another one of our favorites. I believe there is bar dining at Aldea, though you'd have to call and ask if the full menu is served there.

    Actually, now that I've mentioned Tocqueville, it's another excellent choice. They serve the full menu at the bar. The French cuisine is delicious, and the interior space is beautiful.

    Enjoy your one evening in NYC and Bon Appetit!

    1. Scarpetta is a nice choice for dining alone. The bar can be comfortable and they serve the full menu.